Professional Songwriting: Creativity, the Creative Process and tensions between higher education songwriting and industry practice in the U.K.

Gooderson, M. and Henley, J. 2017. Professional Songwriting: Creativity, the Creative Process and tensions between higher education songwriting and industry practice in the U.K. in: Smith, G.D., Moir, Z., Rambarran, S., Kirkman, P. and Brennan, M., (ed.) The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education Routledge. pp. 257

Chapter titleProfessional Songwriting: Creativity, the Creative Process and tensions between higher education songwriting and industry practice in the U.K.
AuthorsGooderson, M. and Henley, J.
EditorsSmith, G.D., Moir, Z., Rambarran, S., Kirkman, P. and Brennan, M.,
Abstract

Musical creativity has been scrutinised from a variety of perspectives (Burnard, 2012); however, research into the creation of songs remains limited (Bennett, 2013). This chapter presents research that explores the creative process of songwriting. Two contrasting perspectives are considered: a professional songwriting team and a student songwriting team, both working to the same ‘real-world’ brief. Key findings reveal that both teams worked in a similar way in terms of the procedure of songwriting, but that there were great differences in the way that each team searched for and selected ideas, and evaluated the emerging song. We question why these differences occurred, offering a discussion of the context and role of songwriting in the curriculum in relation to the growing trend placing entrepreneurialism and creativity at the centre of Higher Education (HE) agendas (Odena & Welch, 2013).

KeywordsSongwriting
Creativity
The Creative Process
Songwriting in Higher Education
Creative Process in Higher Education
Professional Songwriting in Music Education
Book titleThe Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education
Page range257
271
Year2017
PublisherRoutledge
Publication dates
PublishedFeb 2017
ISBN9781472464989
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Web address (URL)https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315613444.ch21

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